Friday 19 January 2018

More damage to RTE's reputation

Yet another insight into the happy-go-lucky way in which our national broadcaster conducts its affairs has been supplied in the report of the "editorial review" of the 'Frontline' programme in October 2011 which featured all the presidential election candidates.

The minor – some would say, not all minor – errors took second place to the affair of the "false tweet" which, many thought, destroyed the campaign of one candidate, Sean Gallagher. Soon after, they were totally overshadowed by an appalling scandal, the defamation of Fr Kevin Reynolds.

But they illustrate what are clearly serious faults of long standing, which must make viewers wonder how much they can trust even leading current affairs programmes.

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